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Nation Current Affairs 22 Jul 2016 AAP MLA Mann meets S ...

AAP MLA Mann meets Speaker over 'security breach' video

Published Jul 22, 2016, 11:28 am IST
Updated Jul 22, 2016, 1:41 pm IST
Bhagwant Mann stoked a controversy after uploading a video showing Parliament premises and its internal security positions.
 Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and AAP MP Bhagwant Mann. (Photo: PTI)
  Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and AAP MP Bhagwant Mann. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha was adjourned till July 25 on Friday after chaos erupted in the House over various issues including the incident of Aam Admi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann's video of Parliament which is being seen as a security threat.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan who had  taken cognizance of the video, summoned Mann after the proceedings were adjourned. She had earlier said that the matter was being investigated and that she had sought a report on the same.


Read: BJP MPs force RS to adjourn over AAP MP's video on Parliament

Mann who stoked a controversy after uploading a video showing security spots of Parliament, on Friday strongly defended his actions and said his intention was not to malign the image of Parliament or put the security at risk. He met Sumitra Mahajan and reportedly explained his actions.

"I did not play with the security. I never wanted to put the security at risk. I think that I have not done anything that harms the security. DD, Lok Sabha everything comes live. My intention was not to malign the image of Parliament or put security of risk. Everyone should get a chance to speak," Mann said.

"My people accuse me of not raising their issues in the house. When I told them that questions to be taken up are decided by a draw of lots and only 20 MPs can get their questions in, they did not believe me," Mann said, explaining that he wanted to show people how questions are sorted in the Central Hall.

As soon as the House met for the day, NDA members raised the issue of Mann's videography of Parliament House complex, terming it as a security breach.

Kirit Somaiya (BJP) demanded his disqualification as an MP, while his party colleague R K Singh, a former Home Secretary, said the AAP member has put a question mark on the security of the sensitive complex. He demanded a breach of privilege motion be brought against Mann who was present in the House.

"This is a matter concerning security of Parliament. Matter must be discussed & action needs to be taken," said BJP leader M A Naqvi.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had also said it would move privilege motion in the Lok Sabha against Bhagwant Mann for uploading a video on social media that showed the Parliament premises and internal security positions.

"Who will be responsible if tomorrow that video is used by terrorist organisations for attacks? Can we take this so leniently ," said SAD leader Harsimrat Badal.

In the video, Mann gives a running commentary as his vehicle crosses security barricades, while entering Parliament. "I will today show you something you would not have seen earlier," he says.

He enters a room where questions are being sorted and describes the process. A security official is heard telling him not to take photographs, but he replies that I will not take photo will maintain confidentiality.